Bill Belichick To Rotate Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham As Patriots QBs?
The New England Patriots starting quarterback situation is the biggest mystery in the NFL at this point. Aside from perhaps the Chicago Bears, no other organization has this much intrigue surrounding who will ultimately lead its offense next season.
This week, Belichick was asked whether he would consider a “QB platoon” setup where he utilizes multiple quarterbacks in various situations throughout the year.
The Patriots head coach expressed interest in the idea. Or at least as much interest as he expresses in anything.
“It might,” he admitted.
“I always say, I’ll do what I think is best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win. Whatever that is, I would certainly consider it.”
Asked by @PhilAPerry about this possibility of a QB platoon, and if it might benefit the team, Bill Belichick says: “It might. I always say, I’ll do what I think is best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win. Whatever that is, I would certainly consider it.” https://t.co/eZPERp2x5b
— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 19, 2020
Bill Belichick News A QB Solution
This past offseason, Tom Brady left the Patriots after two decades with the organization. His defection to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers left New England with a gaping hole at the starting quarterback spot.
Initially, it looked like it would be a two-man race between Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer. And by all accounts, there was no way Hoyer was getting the nod.
Then the Patriots went out and acquired Cam Newton. That changed everything.
Newton has been injured over the past few seasons and unable to perform at an optimal level. However, when he is healthy, the 31-year-old is a former league MVP who once led his Carolina Panthers to the Super Bowl.
Last week, Belichick admitted that he was impressed with Newton so far.
Will that translate into him getting the starting nod, though? Time will tell.
Will Bill Belichick Really Run A QB Platoon?
So how seriously will Belichick consider the “QB platoon” idea? At this point, it is difficult to see a scenario where he takes it too seriously.
At the end of the day, the whole “quarterback by committee” thing is uncommon in the NFL for a reason. More likely than not, either Newton or Stidham will differentiate themselves at some point over the next few weeks. And when that happens, one of them will get the nod to serve as the Patriots’ starter come next season.